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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people from all over the world, diverse economic backgrounds too, though people tend to mix with those similar to them.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: New York City offers thousands of options! All kinds of food, different prices, etc!

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers are accessible to everyone at one of the many labs on campus, but there are issues with printing at times.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Proportionate to the tuition students pay and the outstanding qualifications they might have scholarships are not at all comparable. Mostly a large part is payed out of my own pocket with of course, the help of some loans and sometimes small amounts from any external scholarships.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Safe ride is available for students at pretty much any time and is easy to arrange otherwise walking is never too hard. Also, campus and the surrounding ares have subway and bus access.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never had an issue with feeling safe on campus with a security guard at every NYU building and just a generally obvious presence of their team on campus.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm in the NYU Film school which is famous for its alumni network. The teachers are mostly very qualified and the program does a good job of helping you make great industry connections as well as giving you proficient training.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's New York City so of course there are always going to be good places to eat. Greenwich Village has lots of great markets and restaurants in both the East and the West Village, as well in Union Square which is directly above it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is never bad in most places, it just gets old very very quickly. I would recommend not getting a large meal plan

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is nice at times but when the weather is bad it is truly miserable.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is great in NYC. You can get anywhere in just a few minutes by taking the subway system.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus dining is pretty good. The food is great and there is plenty of diversity in food.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: NYU is not what is expected at all, so many people think because it is the city there will be awesome parties and unlimited access to alcohol. This is all true, if you have an unlimited supply of money. The school literally sucks every penny from you possible. You cannot have a good time without dropping at least twenty to twenty five dollars.
Also there is no community at all. No one has school pride, there are no sporting events, and everyone has a stuck up attitude. Unless you have a lot of money, you wont enjoy the experience at NYU.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Everything will be unpaid, but you'll definitely find something if you're willing to accept that. All major businesses have headquarters in New York, so you definitely have unlimited opportunities here - you just have to find them and hope that you're good enough.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Ever since ZTA and KKG came to campus, Greek life has risen to 10% of the student population since 2012. This has vastly improved the quality of Greek life, as many more people can be accepted now (usually about 200 out of 500 female rushers get accepted, and now it's around 250). You don't need to be Greek to enjoy parties, but it sure makes it a lot easier if you're in one because the Greeks have connections to bars and clubs that helps Greek members get in with no hassle or cost. It also helps you meet people outside of your major or residence hall, which is helpful if you want a diverse group of friends or want to expand your current friend circle. Greek life here is very active - for example, most sororities have 3 to 5 events a week! Not much is mandatory, which is great because it makes Greek life very manageable, yet there's always things to do if you're bored, from philanthropy events to sister/brotherhood events, as well as the mixers and formals. It's kind of hard to get a bid to a sorority, but it's definitely worth trying if you're a freshman.

3 College Junior

Weather: Winter is pretty uncomfortable if you're not accustomed to the cold. It's colder here than where I grew up in New Jersey (less than an hour's drive) simply because there's no freaking sunshine because of the buildings, which also create awful wind tunnels. Not bad in summer and fall, spring is chilly and winter...ugh.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Not hard to find an apartment if you have money, but impossible to get one within walking distance (like 30 min walk or less) to campus for less than dorms cost (that is, when you include furniture costs and the fact that you usually have to rent it the whole year).

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I was scared of coming to Manhattan for college for safety reasons, but I've never felt unsafe at NYU at any hour. Greenwich Village is pretty safe. I've never heard of anyone getting in trouble.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: On-campus dining hall food is generally good, but the selection can get tedious at times.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: NYU is notoriously one of the worst universities for financial aid and scholarships. I was lucky enough to receive a decent amount of financial aid, but NYU is still very expensive. NYU is also an endless bureaucracy. I was sent to 6 offices to get an invoice for a scholarship and never received it after contacting the person in charge of invoices repeatedly. I know many people who find themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, so if you question being able to pay it back it's probably not worth it.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most places are 21+ but if you just like hanging out at a bar or hookah lounge, there are plenty of options. Aim for apartment parties though.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received about 20k scholarship wise which seemed like a lot until I thought about how that's only about half the cost. Some people I know got nothing at all. It's kind of hit or miss.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in University Hall and the rooms are pretty large. Also, every room has its own bathroom (and that's the same for most, if not all of the dorms). The proximity to classes varies depending on where you live. A lot of the upperclassmen dorms are a little far but the walk still isn't much, around 15 minutes from where I live. The dorms are kept clean and some have little markets to buy things like snacks or cleaning supplies.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's a lot of weed smoking but I have not seen much hardcore drug usage, although some of the people I know have. It all depends on who you hang out with. Drinking is also pretty popular.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Being in Manhattan there are several different options for off campus dining for NYU students. I typically utilize my yelp app to find cheap eating like $1 pizza at Two Bros and 99 Cents Pizza.


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NYU offers students a taste of the hustle and bustle they will most likely encounter in the real world once they graduate. It is an overpopulated institution, so you have to be ready to fight to gain certain academic opportunities, but cultivating such a habit may serve as indirect training for new graduates when they have to go about securing jobs in their respective fields. Life at NYU demands a certain kind of disposition; thus, it is not for everyone. For students who love NYC and the challenge and experience it offers, it is an exciting and ever-changing community. For those who desire a community-rich college experience, NYU is lacking in that area. However, you can make an amazing experience out of what the school does offer. Whatever your choice, get ready for a mix of demanding academics and wild experiences in the city. Finding a balance between the two is key at this big-city school.

Many students claim that the best part about attending NYU is living in New York City, while other students complain about the school's large tuition. Most often, students are dissatisfied with the lack of a campus or school spirit, and many students believe that the institution is run too much like a business, with the school using millions of dollars to make NYU a global institution instead of supporting its current students. Otherwise, most students appreciate the various benefits of living in the city, such as diverse and exciting nightlife options, a broad range of cuisines, and prestigious and diverse internship opportunities.

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